Yiddish is a mixed language, based on German dialects (from several regions and periods), to which elements of Hebrew, Roman and sometimes Slavic languages were added.

It is the language which was spoken and later also written by the Ashkenazi Jews from central and eastern Europe. Some of these people moved to Western-Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, after which a western Yiddish dialect was born.

Yiddish is written in Hebrew.

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